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Old 03-29-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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Overheating Honda...

A friend of mine rides a 2005 Honda Shadow Sabre 1100 cc.

Returning from a four day trip to Big Bend, he pulled over when the temp light came on. We notice the radiator fan was not on... we checked the fuse, but it was not blown. Fluid levels were good, both oil and water. At no time did the coolant overflow discharge hot contents. But at no time did the fan work...

He carefully and slowly returned home.

Any ideas to check prior to taking it to the shop?

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Old 03-29-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Try jumping out the fan directly to battery to see if the motor works. Motor OK , check fan switch for continuity when hot. I'd wager it's the fan switch.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:49 PM   #3
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After I posted, I cross posted in Two Wheeled Texans...

By the time, I got back here, I had your reply.

Thanks for the suggestion...

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Old 03-29-2014, 01:36 PM   #4
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Try jumping out the fan directly to battery to see if the motor works. Motor OK , check fan switch for continuity when hot. I'd wager it's the fan switch.
+1 on the thermoswitch
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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+2 and it should have 2 one to turn the fan on and one to turn the temp light on.
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:18 PM   #6
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All good replies.

Could be as simple as a corroded or pulled connection.
Most likely the thermal switch as stated,
it can be jumped with the key on to hear if the fan relay clicks and the fan spins up.
The circuitry is quite simple on an '05 bike once one gets at it.

I've only had two bikes to date that were/are water cooled.
Gets hotter in Texas than soCal but do consider a keyed toggle switch to turn the fan on w/o the thermal switch.
That way in high ambient heat stuck in traffic the fan can help the rider stay cooler.
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:59 PM   #7
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consider a keyed toggle switch to turn the fan on w/o the thermal switch.
That way in high ambient heat stuck in traffic the fan can help the rider stay cooler.
If you wire it parallel to the thermal switch it will still operate by temp if the manual switch doesn't get turned on.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:29 PM   #8
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Remember, I made C's in both semesters of Juice...

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Old 03-30-2014, 05:35 PM   #9
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #10
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Might be a relay involved, too.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:22 PM   #11
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Juice... taught by the one and only commie-hating Mad Hungarian, then MAJ Nicolas Roskovanyi Vay, who later retired as a Full Bull.

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Old 03-31-2014, 07:12 AM   #12
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I had a Sabre, I spent $100 on 2 thermoswitches, after the last one went out, I put a manual switch on the fan.
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:45 PM   #13
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Bad news: Looks like the water pump went belly up... the fan bench tested okay.

Good news: We ate good at Repka's: http://www.repkas.com/photo-gallery.html

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Old 12-27-2014, 07:35 PM   #14
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Howdy,

I'm late on this, but my current ride is an '07 Shadow Sabre 1100, bought last Summer with just under 3k miles. So far she's running like a champ, but this thread is interesting. It's my first motorcycle, btw.
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:16 AM   #15
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Even thought it turned out to be the water pump, it's awful handy to carry a couple lengths of insulated wire with the small rubber covered alligator clips for test-jumping such things. It might get you home or otherwise "simplify" an aggravation until you get to someplace else. Same goes for kickstand and clutch safeties, know how to bypass them or learn and carry the few basic tools so you can jump around them to get you home.

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